tv Weekend Early Start CNN November 18, 2012 6:00am-7:00am EST
in time for the party. that's beautiful. and it is our moment of the week. happy birthday, by the way. i'm don lemon at cnn world headquarters in atlanta. see you back here tomorrow night. thanks for watching. good night from cnn headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend." the chilling side in gaza with signs of neither side letting up. >> everybody is pretty much fed up. >> almost three months later, thousands are still without power and basic necessities after superstorm sandy. and the president just landed in thailand preparing to do what no sitting president has ever done before, visiting a neighboring country. it's sunday, november 18th.
good morning, everyone. i'm victor blackwell sitting in this morning for randi kaye. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com we start this hour in the middle east. there's a bit of hope for a negotiated cease-fire. leaders from egypt and france are trying to mediate. for the past five days israel and hamas have fired rockets and bombed one another, israeli air strikes have taken a heavy toll on gaza and hamas. right now israel is keeping open the possibility of a ground offensive. they've got 30,000 troopons the border with another 75,000 reservists being called up. now, i want to show you something that played out live on israeli television just a short time ago. watch this. what you're called is called an
iron dome. this is egypt's defensive zone system. they're tracking down two rockets. at the end, the small puffs there, that's the signals of success that those intercepters headed off those rockets. so far israel says a thousand rockets have been fired. hamas puts it at about 900. the constant threat has those in israel in fear. >> reporter: there's another attack, another rocket alert going on. we've got to get out of here. >> go, fred. there you see it. a strike in ash colon. we've got the pictures up as fred and our camera crew get out of the way. it's a sign that another strike is coming. can we listen here? >> reporter: and we have the
impacts. we can stay on, we can stay on, we can stay on, colleen. >> we're with you. we're with you. >> reporter: you still there? >> yes, go ahead. >> reporter: colleen, basically what happened is the air sirens went off and we ran to sort of a shelter that we have right here. this is a residential building. we're sort of in the house. we heard one impact. the alarms seem to have died down. we're going to sort of get up and wait. stay down. we're going to stay down actually is that that was our fred pleitgen. tell us how things have changed there. there's a new normal. >> reporter: oh, you're absolutely right. the new normal is that basically people have to live with the threat of rocket attacks the entire day. what they do is stay inside most of the day. it's interesting to see.
every time people go outside they have to plan their route very carefully so they're near the vicinity of a hard shelter in skas there's another rocket attack. i can tell you this morning there's been a lot of them. i'm standing in front of those iron dome rocket intercepter batteries right now and literally about four minutes before our show it wechblt off and fired about three intercepter missiles that hit about four hamas rockets i would say about 200 yards above our head. we ourselves have been in the hardened shelter at least four time as day. so certainly it's taking a heavy toll on life. people can't get on with business. people are living in constant fear and a lot of people tell us they hope this ends soon, victor. >> let's talk about this on the border. what are you seeing as the 30,000 troops move and wait for the order and the 75,000 reservists coming up.
>> reporter: it's constant action and constant military buildup. what you can see is a lot of trucks bringing in tanks, bringing in armored vehicles, armored bulldozers as well. you see a lot of troops, a lot of soldiers being brought in. it's a lot of constant activity. what's happening is a lot of these troops are being concentrated in heavy areas, which means they're putting them in place for ground defensive. what they're telling us and the israel defense forces are telling us, they're in the mode of buildup. they're doing that very, very quickly. and they will be ready to launch a ground offensive if they're ordered to do so, victor. >> fred pleitgen live in israel for us. thank you. be sure to be safe. the skies over gaza are filled with skies of rockets. they're targeting rocket-launching sites and key
buildings in gaza, they include key stations. cnn senior international correspondent sarah sidner filed this report overnight from gaza city. >> reporter: today like the last few days we've been hearing the drones ahead. we've also seen plenty of rockets at a time heading over toward israel. right now we're hearing the sounds of planes and that usually only means one thing, that there will be air strikes that follow. it's this time of night and into the wee hours of the morning that usually things get very, very intense with lots of blasts of air strikes. but also we know that there have been some blasts coming from the israeli ships in the sea. we ourselves experienced some of the loud booms and bangs that were coming from the sea. we were right on the water there. so a lot of concern. the civilians are not in the streets. most people have hunkered down
in their homes. most of the businesses have been closed. we know that more people have been killed here, including militants and civilians, and many people have been injured today. sara sidner, cnn, gaza city. >> dramatic rescues are taking place in gaza city. look at this woman in palestine and a man trapped under debris after an air strike. our news desk is monitoring the situation in gaza and israel. this situation, nick, is changed by the minute, nick. what are we learning? >> it's taken a lot of grim turns, victor. good morning. we're at the news desk, we monitor all the feeds and latest editorial info, coming through here, monitoring the latest conflict. victor, five days of war between palestinian militants and israel has taken its toll. hundreds injured, dozens dead, and we're starting to see these
personal stories, victor, emerge from the conflict. earlier you said the palestinian paramedics struggled to remove an elderly woman from debris from an ief. earlier you heard prime minister benjamin netanyahu talk about terror targets. but it's not just showing up on the gaza strip. it's occurring in israel too. we heard earlier rockets landed in ashkelon, a city near israel. in the past three days at least three people have been killed in israel. we're cooping an eye on everything that's come in. and video is pouring in. once we have more information, we'll bring it back to you. but that's it for now, victor. >> well, i want to put back up this live picture that we've been seeing. this is from reuters, and this
is gaza city. and, of course, as we see things live, we're going to bring those to you. nick valencia monitoring and bringing things to you. thanks for that. could this whole thing be a political game? aisle e ask one of the world ice leading experts on the conflict. and president obama woke up in thailand this morning. what's on the agenda for his historic trip to asia. ♪
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jerusalem. that changes the dynamic. joining me is a professor from middle eastern politics from the london school of economics and political science. sir, thank you for joining us. israel has threatened a ground offensive and they have thousands of troops at the border as we said. give us an idea of what it looks like and how it would compare to what we saw at the end of 2008, the beginning of 2009, the last time there was this kind of offensive. >> well, victor, if israel decides to invade this time, thing this would be a major strategic miss calculation. let me be blunt. schools of israeli soldiers were killed. hamas was not weakened. it was stronger. this time i fear that an israeli
invasion of gaza, ground invasion, would basically exacerbation israeli nation. in fact, i would argue that the future of the palestinian and israeli peace treaty is on the line, not to mention now turkey, qatar, they're all very critical of israel. israel has never been as isolated as it is now. when i listen to chatter of my fellow citizens in the united states and israel, i don't think there's an appreciation of the new strategic landscape in the region. there's a new regime. turkey is highly critical of israel. israel really is a fortress and that's why i fear a military invasion of gaza could really have major implications, not only deepening grievances between israelis and arabs but also long-time implications for the region as a whole.
>> a big unknown. mubarak is no longer there. we have a variable that we didn't have in 2008 because no one really knows where his alliances lie. so chapter two, you said this would be a miscalculation for israel go in. what does it look like as we move forward, second week, third week? >> i have no -- you never know. victor, when you start a war, you never know how the war will unfold or evolve or will take. you have 2 million people and any ground invasion will cause problems. i fear, too, you said egypt. egypt now is an entirely different country. it's governed by morsi, a member
of the muslim brotherhood and also for our american viewers he's a member of the muslim brotherhood between hamas in palestinian can territories and the muslim brotherhood. morsi is between a rock and a hard place. he's under tremendous pressure and also his relationship with the united states. that's why i believe that egypt has a very constructive role to play in the deescalation. >> we'll see how that plays out. i hate to interrupt, but we have a lot going on. thank you very much. fawaz gerges. of course, we'll have you back. let's go to asia where president obama is on a historic tour this morning. his first stop is thailand. we'll tell you why this trip sets him apart from other u.s. presidents. [ female announcer ] beef, meet flavor boost.
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>> reporter: these are the air strike sirens in israel this morning. we're learning that the french foreign minister will be traveling to israel today to try to work out a cease-fire between the israelis and the palestinians with hamas as there has been this firing back and forth across the border for the last five days. and, of course, we're covering from every angle. some other stories we're
following. in turkey, the worker for a party has called for the end to a mass hunger strike. others have taken to the streets to demand that the kurdish language be taught in school and allowed in courtrooms. kurdish palestinians as well as inmates have taken part in this hunger strike. some have gone without food for a solid 66 days. the coalition is getting more support as the brutal civil war is going on. it's guesting a big boost from the ambassador to france. the coalition's newly elected leader is meeting with francois holla hollande. president obama arrived in thailand overnight. he's already met with the king. and right now he's getting ready to meet with the prime minister.
white house correspondent dan lothian is in bangkok this morning. what is the president hoping to accomplish? >> reporter: he wants to high light things, not just this country but other countries in the region. u.s. dealing with north korea, syria, iran. so this is part of the overall effort by the obama administration to continue pushing this refocus or this pivot is the word they like to use to asia. we saw last year, at the end of last year when the president did an asia trip and australia announced that u.s. troops, marines, would be going to that region. that was part of the defense component of this. they also see great benefits both domestically in the u.s. but also in this region. the president has talked about how trade in this region could lead to jobs at home. so these are some of the issues that the president will be addressing, but perhaps first and foremost we'll be talking
about the push for democracy across the region and how thailand can play a role in that, victor. >> so myanmar is next. is that a bit controversial? >> reporter: well, it is. i mean this is a big moment because it's first time that a u.s. president has gone to myanmar, also known as burma. it is a country that has been closed until recently. about two years ago we've seen this sort of movement to reform, but the controversy believes it's too soon for the president to make a visit there because you only have sort of one first visit to make and it becomes a very big deal. and they point to the fact that, you know, secretary of state hillary clinton already went there at the end of last year. there's now a u.s. ambassador there and that there's such a long way to go on the road to democracy there that we're only in the first chapters of it that it's really too early. the country's still unstable. there's still a lot of corruption there, violence there, and yet the president is
going there. and the defense from the administration is they have rewarded action with action, and they point to the fact that when it was announced that secretary clinton would be going there and they would be putting a u.s. ambassador there, that's when you saw parliamentary elections. that's when you saw the easing and some of the ethnic tensions there. that's when you also saw them -- start paying more attention to the humanitarian concerns. they believe it's more important for the president to really highlight the steps that they're taking but also talk about how this is a long distance race, and they're far from the end. >> dan lothian in bangkok. thank you. and when the president meets with the president of thailand in less than an hour, of course, we will take you there live. it's been almost three weeks since superstorm sandy hit, but a lot of people are still, still waiting for their lights to come back on. why is it taking so long? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues
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sandy destroyed homes, shattered lives three weeks ago. vice president joe biden will head to jersey this morning to tour recovery efforts and thank first responders in some of the hardest hit areas in the cities of hoboken and seaside heights. >> we have seen the silver lining in this situation, and we have seen people come together in way i have never seen them come before that and in new york governor andrew cuomo continues to help his city. staten island, that's where more than nearly half of new york city's storm deaths occurred. well, power has come back gradually to homes and businesses in new york and new jersey, but thousands are still in the dark. look at this. according to cnn's latest numbers, there are still 4,107 outages reported in those two states now three weeks in. for some, sandy took everything they had. i spent the week in new york
with people who are struggling through this aftermath and searching for a way to now rebuild their lives. >> we've got more food on the line. thank you. >> thank you very much, sweetheart. >> you're very welcome. >> reporter: for many in for rock away, new york, it's been cold, miserable, and dark. stacy lawrence and hundreds of her neighbors have struggled without heat, without power, without landline phone service. >> the staircase is dark. it's just scary. every day i'm coming down the step i'm afraid i might see a dead body somewhere. it's horrendous. >> reporter: we're inside the ocean individual apartment bu d community, building three. we walked through the doors. the first thing that hits you is the smell before we looked through the doors. we've been told there's garbage
in and around the hallways because some people can't get to tin sin rater, don't want go to incinera incinerator. as kro the stre across the street the flood flooded this woman's apartment. she slept in the cold for 15 days without power. >> me and my daughter have to sleep with our coats on and five pairs of socks and ten covers on top of us. >> reporter: she suffered the same as her neighbors but she was optimistic at least for the sake of her 17-year-old daughter. >> we're going have help soon and everything's going to be all right. >> reporter: was there a moment you didn't believe that and you were just telling her that? >> i wouldn't tell her that. yeah, i did. i did. i didn't know how i was going to make it. i'm a single parent. i don't know how i was going to make that. >> reporter: now she and her daughter are looking for a home far from the shore. a few miles away, crews are
starting to clear the roads of the sand and debris shoved into the neighborhoods of belle harbor. streets like beach 130th. ron walz's family was miles away when sandy flooded his basement and a fire took the rest of it. >> this was my life savings. i don't have a retiermtd. it's my retirement, my kids' college. it's still overwhelming. >> more than a dozen homes on this block burned. several people in belle harbor died. in all, superstorm sandy killed 43 new yorkers. more than half of them lived on staten island where president obama visited thursday. >> i promised to everybody that i was speaking on behalf of the country when i said we're going to be here until the rebuilding is complete, and i meant it. >> the president made that promise in staten island's beach
community in front of what's left of dominic's small store and his childhood home. he moved into that modest house with his family at 13. >> this house, we moved here in 1959. about four or five years later we got married and bought the house up the street and then my mom passed away in 1992 around i bought the house. i rents the house and i riverlin social security. a little bit here, a little bit there. now i've got a problem. now i've got to go back to work. >> reporter: treanor says now it's time to call another place home. >> right now we're living in the basement. we've got nothing. >> reporter: now the more important question is not so easy to answer. how do you start over. >> at 66 years old? i don't know. i really don't.
>> reporter: well, there's at least a bit of good news. generators have been connected to nine of the 11 buildings so most of the people who live there now have heat and power. divinger e divers have foun missing body of a crew member after a rig exploded. they found him on the regular on the sea floor. another is still missing. the rig was about 20 miles from the louisiana coast when it exploded friday, injuring 11 others. about 28 gallons of fuel spilled into the gulf. just days after four servicemen were killed during a parade in texas, a federal investigator says the float carrying them crossed a train track although the warning signs were on. the national transportation safety board said the bells and lights came on 20 seconds before impact, eight seconds later the front of the truck crossed the first rail and then the gates came down and hit the float
seven seconded before impact -- five seconds later before impact the train hit the breaks. the investigator said there was nothing wrong with the train or the tracks. thursday's parade was a parade for the troops. >> president obama has touched don in thailand. we'll tell you why his trip is making history. but first this. in nepal when children are arrested by police and they don't have a local guardian, some children go to prison with the parents. the first time i visited the jail, i was studying my bachelor's in social work. i saw a small girl who just grabbed my shawl and gave me a smile. it was really hard for me to forget that. my name is pushpa basnet and my
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there's another attack. we've got to get out of here. >> go, fred. >> that happened this morning on cnn inthor national. he's okay, but that's how immediate the situation is in israel and gaza. the air siren goes off and this is the new normal, at least in the last five days of the shelling going on. president obama is going where no u.s. president has got before. as we speak, he's in the middle
of a hesteric three-day tour through southeast asia. it's the president's first trip abroad since his reelection. it's meant to influence them across the region. here to tell us more about the trip, hu is our well traveled nadia bilchik. it's good to have you. you're not like any other guest. you're on the team for this show. tell us now. he's in bangkok. >> he's in thailand. and he's already met with the king. and the king is 84 years old. he is the oldest reigning monarch, one of the wealthiest and certainly as you mentioned to me one of the most revered, a loved king. he is also going to meet with the prime minister who is a 44-year-old woman. she is the first female prime minister of thailand and the youngest in 60 years.
and, remember, she's the sister. >> we're going to hear from them as they come up in our 7:00 hour. i think this is amazing about the king. we're told you cannot speak ill of the king. >> you account no speak ill of the king. he is a renowned figure throughout thailand. and, of course, then after thailand. >> on to burma. >> back he goes to myanmar, otherwise known as burma. and there he be meet the renowned activist, an seaactivi. aung san suu kyi. so encouraging dedemocracy in that arena. then he goes to cambodia for the east asia summit and he'll meet
the cambodian minister as well as the new chinese prime ministe minister. >> every time the president travels overseas it's historic, but this is especially historic because there are definitely firsts. >> definitely first. we know hillary clinton was there. but what a time. we have the benghazi hearings, petraeus, the looming what begins with an "f." >> fiscal cliff. >> he's going to be doings all of this in next three four days. it reminds me of dr. seuss, oh, the places you'll go, the people you'll meet. >> one of my favorite childhood books. he's beloved. there'll be flags and books and
mugs. >> huge to have an american president. what it says about our faith in the country as dan lothian said earlier. we're encouraging trade between the countries. so it's a very poshlgts diplomatic trip, encouraging democracy throughout and in general great public relations, however, at a very difficult time for the president to be there. you can imagine he's on the phone a lot. >> yes, yes. nadia bilchik. thank you for introduced us to some of the great characters on this trip. i know you're probably sitting at home enjoying drake's coffee, cakes for breakfast. they're on the endangered list. the ho-40s and twinkies and cupcakes. oh, so sad. twinkie is going to ride off into the sunset. lions of americs retire on their terms. when they want. where they want. doing what they want. ameriprise. the strength of a leader in retirement planning.
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i'm wolf blitzer and my face is being haunted by the ghost of an old beard. tonight the petraeus scandal continues to spiral outward and one woman seems to be at the center of it all, jill kelley. seen here leaving her home in tampa, walking down some stairs and getting into a car. jill kelley first reported general petraeus's mistress paula broadwell after she sent several e-mails to jthe general. doing the same thing because it's the only clip we have of her. >> it is the only clip we have of her. it did not stop there. we'll have more for you in just a bit. after 127 days in space,
three crew members at the international space station will head home today. commander soony williams turned it over too another. they will leave the space station around 5:00 p.m. today. they're expected to land in kazakhstan around 8:00 tonight. the big news is the announcement that hose stes tes. so many are hoarding them. no more dolly madison or drake's cakes, my favorite. and can you believe no more wonder bread. also nature's pride will be gone from stores. also 33 bakeries, 535 distribution centers, 537 bakery stores and more than 18,000 jobs. that's what's really important.
alison kosic has more on the end of an era. >> reporter: following a nasty labor dispute and almost a year in bankruptcy, hostess brands is closing its 33 bakeries, more than 500 distribution centers, and selling off its assets, putting the 82-year-old twinkie in question. it's been a long road for the cream-filled pastry, now part of an american lexicon. >> it's twinkie the kid. >> it was born in illinois. he was looking for a way to use the continental seasonal shorttake pans year round. he came one a yellow sponge cake filled with banana cream but during world war ii rationing forced it to change to vanilla filling. it was so popular it never changed back. over the years the twinkie became part of an american popular culture. in the 1950s the howdy doody show buffalo bob gave it an
endorsement. >> what do we have? hostess twinkies. >> reporter: in 1980 goeftd busters used the twinkie to describe the ghostly activity in the area. in the 1990s there was a president's endorsement and bill clinton include add twin kwee in a time capsule. and it was put through a test. now the twinkie needs someone to come to its rescue or we'll have to say good-bye to the twinkie for good. >> well, when it comes to comedy, there are a few boundaries for "saturday night live," especially when it comes to mocking the media. this week they took aim at our own wolf blitzer. >> joining us now is the mayer of tampa, also known as derek "fat deuce" derek. >> what's up, homey? where you at?
>> i'm in the situation room. >> straight up. >> all right, yeah. mr. mayor, what can you tell us about yokely seen here walking up and down the stairs repeatedly. >> jill kelley? >> mm-hmm. >> oh, she's fun. she's like a fun one. tampa all fun. tampa got everything. see gars, jill kelley, tap shoes, loose murderers. and jill kelley got a dress too. she's fine. >> and this is the same jill kelley seen here in a cnn drama tieization. >> oh, that's funny. we'll be right back. ♪
selsun blue. got a clue? get the blue. covering this conflict in the middle east like no one else can with reporters in israel and gaza, in washington. also with the major players in egypt and turkey. let's check in now with our middle east desk that's covering everything happening in this conflict between israel and gaza. nick valencia is down at the desk. nick, what's developing now? >> good morning, victor. we're at the international desk. you see the reporters behind me, getting latest information. we've got the newest video. we're learning that a french minister is expected to meet with them today.
we also understand he might meet with the former palestinian president mahmoud abbas. this comes on the heels of comments made by benjamin netanyahu who is, of course, the prime minister of israel. they're prepared to widen the scope to stop rocket attacks. hundreds of rocket attacks have made their way into the territory killing at least three people so far, victor. the casualties aren't just mounting in israel but where 50 people have died in the last few days. this conflict, victor, we've been following it since it's erupted. that's the latest from the international desk. we'll give it back do you. >> every 19 minutes someone dies of an accidental drug overdose rnl and what might surprise you is those drugs are perfectly legal and the people using them come from all walks of life.
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dose" tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. here are some of the dates to keep on your calendar. of course, monday, as we have been covering the president will be at the east asian summit. he's in thailand, he's go on to myanmar and then cambodia for the summit. on tuesday he'll come back. for wednesday, he'll have that huge turkey pardon when he'll pardon two turkeys. it's an annual tradition that started back with president reagan. unfortunately 45 million other turkeys will not be pardoned. they'll end up as dinner. and thursday when we all get ready with our families. thanksgiving, can't skip that. time for football, food, family friends, probably more food, a little more football. and black friday. lots of stores, huge deals, electronics, clothes. remember, a few retail giants are starting as soon as thursday evening this year. thanks for starting your